CPR Certification in Sacramento, CA with Course Overviews

Nov 29, 2018

The Sacramento, California, area has about nine schools that offer CPR certification classes. Learn about the CPR courses, admission info, and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 20 miles of the city center, and make an informed education decision.

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Sacramento CPR Classes

There are at least nine schools within 50 miles of Sacramento, California, that offer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification courses that meet American Heart Association certification standards. This article looks at three schools with CPR programs, some aimed at healthcare providers and others for the general public. All are within 25 minutes of the downtown area.

Individuals looking for a school for CPR training can use a table of information included here to compare these three schools in areas such as costs and size. At the end of the article is a listing of some other schools in the Sacramento area that offer CPR courses.

  • Just three miles from downtown, Sacramento City College (SCC), offers a basic CPR course for professional rescuers.
  • At Sacramento State (Sac State), there are several types of CPR and first aid courses available. Sac State is about eight miles from downtown.
  • Individuals looking for CPR training may also be interested in the many courses offered by University of California - Davis (UC - Davis), which is about 17 miles from the city center. Some training may even be available over the Internet.

Comparison of Schools

This table makes it easy for students to learn about the three schools profiled here and see if these institutions would be a good match for them.

Sacramento City College Sacramento State University of California - Davis
School Type* Public, 2-year Public, 4-year Public, 4-year
Total Enrollment (2017)* 21,323 31,255 37,380
Campus Setting* Large city Large city Small suburb
Program Cost (2017) $46 per unit in-state; $317 per unit, out-of-state; potential $5 course fee** $65-75 per course* $25-70****
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017)* 65% 72% 67%
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)* N/A - open admissions policy 68% 43%
Retention Rate (2016 to 2017)* 65% for full-time students, 25% for part-time students 83% for full-time students, 66% for part-time students 93% for full-time students, 80% for part-time students
Graduation Rate* 24% (for students who began in 2014) 48% (for students who began in 2011) 85% (for students who began in 2011)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator, **Sacramento City College, ***Sacramento State, ****University of California-Davis

Sacramento City College

The Department of Health Education at SCC offers a CPR certification course.

BLS (Basic Life Support) for the Professional Rescuer

SCC's CPR certification course is designed to supply professionals within the medical field with basic life support knowledge. Skills attained during the class include not only how to perform CPR on adults, children, and infants, but also how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Curriculum also covers two-person CPR techniques and proper use of rescue-breathing devices. The class consists of nine hours of lecture and 27 hours in the lab. A minimum grade 'B' and a $5.00 fee are required to receive American Red Cross CPR certification for the professional rescuer; certification is valid for one year.

Sacramento State

Sacramento State's College of Continuing Education offers a number of courses related to health and human services, including three CPR classes.

AHA (American Heart Association) Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

This course is designed to meet the needs of individuals entering the field of healthcare with basic life saving skills such as individual and two-person CPR, the use of AEDs, rescue breathing, and choking cessation techniques. Students practice skills in simulated scenarios. The course is overseen by an instructor who is certified by the AHA to teach BLS and who oversees hands-on training and skills testing. The successful completion of a written test is also mandated for certification.

AHA Heartsaver CPR AED

The heartsaver CPR class is designed to meet the training needs of the general public. It meets the certification requirements often mandated by jobs and prerequisites. An AHA instructor teaches basic skills, leads skills practice, and conducts video-based lessons. Students who complete the course successfully are awarded a course completion card from the AHA that is valid for two years.

AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED

In addition to CPR and AED skills, the Heartsaver First Aid course provides training in basic first aid for injured persons. The class is led by an AHA-approved instructor and likewise meets the needs of basic certification requirements for most jobs. Upon completion of the class, students will receive a course completion card; the card is valid for two years.

University of California - Davis

A number of CPR classes are offered by UC - Davis' Center for Professional Practice of Nursing.

UC Davis Health System CPR

This course is designed to comply exactly with guidelines mandated by the AHA. The curriculum includes the execution of high-quality CPR skills for adults, children, and infants, as well as rescue breathing, the use of AEDs, and choking relief techniques. The class is designed to meet the certification needs for healthcare providers and is taught in a classroom setting. Following the successful completion of a written test and skills demonstration, students will receive a CPR certificate of completion.

AHA Healthcare Provider: Online & Hands-On Skills

The content of the online/hands-on skills class is identical to that of the traditional AHA healthcare provider class; the difference between the courses is the structure. In the online/hands-on skills course, the class is divided into three parts, the first of which is completed over the Internet. Parts two and three are hands-on skills practice and a testing session completed with an instructor. Completion of the course results in the award of an AHA healthcare provider card.

AHA Family & Friends CPR

The final CPR course offered by UC - Davis is designed to meet the needs of the general public. Students learn how to perform CPR on adults, children, and infants; use an AED on adults and children; and utilize choking cessation techniques on adults, children, and infants. The course focuses on practical skills and does not earn a certification card.

Other School Options

American River College, Sierra College and Solano Community College all offer CPR certification courses and are located about 13 miles, 27 miles and 30 miles from downtown Sacramento, respectively.

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